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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #738: Abraham Lincoln
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    Abraham Lincoln


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    Abraham Lincoln
    Born: February 12, 1809 - Near Hodgenville, Kentucky
    Died: April 14, 1865 - Washington, D.C.




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    1. Born in poverty, he moved with his family to Indiana and Illinois. Largely self-taught, he a lawyer

    2. He served in the state legislature (1834-41), moving Springfield,during his tenure, and in the U.S House of Representatives (1847-49).

    3. A supporter of new Republican Party in its antislavery stand

    4. in 1858 he ran for U.S. Senate the incumbent, Stephen A. Douglas

    5. though he was unsuccessful, eloquent debates brought Lincoln to national attention.

    6. In 1860 he won the Republican presidential nomination and was elected .

    7. Though Lincoln had expressed a moderate view on slavery the campaign,

    8. opposing only its extension into new states, the South and the Civil War began in 1861.

    9. The war dominated ;

    10. To unite the North and influence foreign opinion, he the landmark Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.

    11. His extraordinary Gettysburg Address that year further ennobled the war's purpose;

    12. it contains the most celebrated language spoken by an American politician.

    13. . He was re-elected in 1864, and in his eloquent Second Inaugural Address he called moderation in reconstructing the South and in building a harmonious Union.

    14. Five days after the war's end, he shot by the fanatic John Wilkes Booth.

    15. His reputation U.S. presidents remains unsurpassed.









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